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Pieter Hendrik Grobbelaar
File:Pieter Grobbelaar.jpg
Born (1908-09-16)16 September 1908
Died 22 June 1988(1988-06-22) (aged 79)
Place of birth Porterville[1]
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Army
Years of service 1933-1965
Rank General
Battles/wars World War II

General Pieter Grobbelaar SSA DSO (16 September 1908 - 22 June 1988[2]) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Army as a part-time Citizen Force soldier in 1929 and became a full-time Permanent Force member in 1933. During World War II he commanded 7th Reconnaisance Battalion as a Lieutenant Colonel, and was second in command of 12th SA motorised infantry brigade in Italy.[1]

After World War II he served as OC Free State Command, OC Northern Transvaal Command and the SA Military College[3]

He served as Army Chief of Staff from 1953 to 1958, as Inspector-General from 1958 to 1959, as Deputy Commandant-General from 1959 to 1960, and as Commandant-General, i.e. head of the South African Defence Force, from 1961 to 1965.[4]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Stephen Melville
Chief of the General Staff of the South African Defence Force
1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Rudolph Hiemstra
Preceded by
Hendrik Klopper
Chief of the South African Army
1953 – 1958
Succeeded by
Nick Bierman

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